The Saw

Art Type
Original Drawing
Original graphite, coloured pencil, oil stick drawing on paper
Original Drawing
Size (in)
(H x W): 22 x 39 ½ in
Size (cm)
(H x W): 56 x 100 cm
Not Framed, please enquire
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‘The Saw’ by Jutai Toonoo — Cape Dorset Inuit Art from Dorset Fine Arts 2010 original hand drawing collection presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts.

Condition:          No condition to be noted.

Description by Artist:     No description by artist found.

Notes from DaVic Gallery:   Wood and metal blend under drastic and almost tragic cultural change, adaptation and survival…  isn’t this an unusual subject for a drawing, for an Inuit drawing that is?   Would you have even considered this drawing to be categorized as Inuit Art had you not seen in this gallery or presented by Dorset Fine Arts?   Perhaps the need to verify is what brought you to the details page for this drawing.  Jutai Toonoo certainly will challenge your secured sense of what you understood Inuit Art is all about.  Jutai’s drawings cast a spell on us, the magic that attracts us and keeps us staring at his works, is the intensity of life that breathes from all of his works.  The viewer can feel the energy Jutai put into each of his works and now that energy attracts us, calls us to try to understand what he is expressing.  That is the keyword in Jutai’s works, expression.

Such an amazing, intriguing, refreshing surprise to the Inuit Art collector and connoisseurs alike!  Are you scratching your head?  Don’t.  Simply admire this beautiful and amazing composition that truly overflows with life energy, despite the topic, and that takes higher value when you know how and why this is such a rare piece based on the cultural background of the author.  How can you not just bathe in such moment expressed with such energy Jutai pours into each and every piece he created?

This composition is so loaded with much energy and emotion so intensely expressed that when I first saw it firsthand it nearly brought me to tears.  Bright deep orange colour surrounding an object, which happens to be a hand saw.  Would this had worked so magnificently had the object been different such a hammer, or a ladder or a screw perhaps?  I would have to see it with my own eyes because if I could imagine how it would turn out, I would be Jutai Toonoo himself so the answer is I don’t know.  Perhaps, the subject is not the saw but the coloured block and the hand-saw is just something in the way, part of the composition.

This piece represents to me one century… a single and very tumultuous century of culture absorption and change.  In one century the Inuit culture is absorbed and changed from a nomadic hunting culture to forced settled culture dependent on economy and highly influenced by the modern culture.  All that it had to go through so that they can now use such convenient and trivial tools such as the hand saw. So much chaos and confusion and despair and we all can now have available a metal hand saw when we need it.  Trivial tool that we all take for granted and easily forget what is behind.  The same when we sit down to enjoy a meal, to watch tv, to start our cars and drive.

The effort of many many years of school, of acculturation of our child-like minds and behaviours to be able to adjust and have jobs so we can have these things available if we have the money.  Surrounded by things I bought that now lay on my desk where my computer is as I type these comments are here around me because of everything I have gone through and decided in my life that have brought me to this very moment.  No, I never think much of the stapler or the printer in front of me because they are trivial, but to imagine all that society has changed and evolved to make such things available and trivial is humbling.

This piece, reminds me of Mark Rothko’s abstract expressionist style very much.